Published On: Fri, Apr 26th, 2013

Parents of Kendrick Johnson and 5 supporters arrested during protest, still seeking answers in teen’s death

The parents of the teen found dead inside a rolled up gym mat back in January at Lowndes High School were arrested during an intense protest on Thursday.

Kendrick Johnson's parents and supporters were arrested after blocking the federal building on Thursday photo Facebook

Kendrick Johnson’s parents and supporters were arrested after blocking the federal building on Thursday photo Facebook

“We’re not going to stop until they tell me what happened to my child,” said Jacquelyn Johnson, Kendrick Johnson‘s mother.

Family and friends of the Kendrick Johnson marched to the Lowndes County Judicial Complex in an attempt to increase the pressure and publicity surrounding the investigation into the 17-year-old’s death.

Family members stretched across the front of the judicial complex.

Witnesses said the demonstrators inside formed a ‘human chain’ and refused to let anyone into the judicial chambers itself. Lydia Whitlock, Barbara Jones, Keisha Moore, Anastasia Roe, and Tesha Marshall were also arrested. All seven were charged with misdemeanor interference of government property.

The video shows them blocking the entrance of the public building so people could not enter or leave, which is against the law.

“Everybody should be able to get timely results,” said David Miller, the district attorney. “Everybody should get this information back so that we can see how our children are dying in this state,” said David Miller, the district attorney.

The district attorney tells us the GBI has been asked to expedite this case because of all the attention it’s received.

The medical examiner’s office at the crime lab in Macon told us they are not allowed to talk to reporters.

We will update you as soon as we know the results of the autopsy.

The Valdosta State University and Morehouse College NAACP chapters helped in organizing the protest.

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